Fans of live music were given a show of Cayman talent on Monday night at Peppers Lounge, West Bay Road.
The Xposure event was the first heat of the local talent search run by Music Mogul Entertainment, formed by Dwayne Seymour and James Anglin.
Xposure’s concept is to beam the international spotlight of opportunity every fortnight onto Cayman talent and to build ties with the music scene locally, regionally and internationally.
For the $5 admission fee, patrons get to experience last Monday’s heat, which was likened to having elements of a mini American Idol.
The crowd was given the chance to see some of the island’s finest rising stars and to support their favourite artists.
Back stage the artists awaited their turn with anticipation while a large crowd of onlookers and supporters cheered, as one by one the talent took to the stage.
A panel of critics where seated at the front of the stage and commented on each act. Each act was judged on the emotional impact of lyrics, song structure, and marketability.
Monday’s panel consisted of local producer/engineer; Liddon Wright, Local singer/song writer; Mr. Ben Hudson, international producer/musician; ‘Tony’ Mortimer, musician, ‘Bunny Ruggs’ (William Clarke), the lead singer of the group Third World. All judges commented on how impressed they where at the standard of talent Cayman had to offer.
The line-up of guest artists who appeared at the Xposure event included big names such as ‘Notch’, Derri Lee. Also debuting was new artists such as Kera Smith, Yvonne, Vital, Pam Burgess, DW, Mr. Positive & Phyness, Solanyde and Bish Meezy.
Fortnightly shows will have more local and guest artists appearing plus, it is hoped, international producers, managers and musicians as judges.
Blackface’s newest video ‘Move It’ which was produced locally by Blair Marketing was premiered during the show.
The next Xposure event will be held on Monday 9th October at Peppers.
Successful acts will have the chance to record in the studio, be videoed and gain international exposure.
According to the organisers, it is anticipated that a grand final will be held at the end of the year.